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Epsom Salt Use in Garden

Epsom salt is the best kept secret from gardeners. It had been used for many generations.

Epsom salt helps improve flower bloom and enhance plants greening. Also, it can help plant grow bushier by using magnesium and sulfur.

Magnesium allows plants to better take in  nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. It also helps with creation of chlorophyll. Also, magnesium greatly improves a plant’s ability to produce flowers and fruit. If the soil loses magnesium, adding Epsom salt will greatly help.

Rose, tomatoes and peppers require a lot of magnesium.

With roses, you can apply a spray of 1 tablespoon per gallon of water for each foot of the shrub’s height.

For tomatoes and peppers, apply 1 tablespoon per gallon of Epsom salt during transplanting and again following the first bloom and fruit set.

Transplanting Plants to a Larger Container

So, you just bought plants from a garden center or a nursery and it’s in a small container. At this time, your plants needs room to grow and transplanting is the only way to get bigger. I’ll help you transplant it to a larger container.

You will need a large container, 5 gallons or larger with holes in the bottom of the container, fertilizer/compost, medium, worm casting.

If you just bought a plant from a garden center and it’s located indoors, you will need to harden the plant before fully putting them outdoors. Click here to learn how to harden plants.

With your medium, mix with compost/fertilizer. I like my medium fast draining so I add perlite to my soil. You can add worm casting to your medium. I add them to the container, then add the plant. Then you would add more soil to the container. Make sure that the plant is within soil level, unless it’s a tomato plant then you can  plant it deeper. After planting, water heavily from the top.